Our Administration & Staff

Our team of educators is completely committed to guiding our students toward success. Our teachers believe in a bright future for every student here at Morristown Elementary School, and they work tirelessly to help unlock that future. Please take a moment to become more acquainted with our talented administrative team, faculty, and staff. We welcome you to contact them with your questions or concerns.

The Morristown ELD 75 Governing Board entered into inter-governmental agreements with Nadaburg to provide leadership and other services; however, Morristown maintains its status as an independent district with a unique culture and history.

Superintendent

Dr. Aspasia Angelou
Superintendent
Nadaburg Unified School District No. 81 & Morristown Elementary District No. 75
aangelou@nadaburgsd.org
aangelou@morristowneld75.org

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District/School Office

Dr. Jennifer Petty
Principal
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Mrs. Azucena De La Torre
Office Manager
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Mr. John Asimakopoulos
Director of Information Technology
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Ms. Nellie Odogui
Director of Maintenance and Operations
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Mrs. Kerre Laabs
Director of Business Services and Human Resources
P: (623) 546-5103
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Mrs. Nancy Penzone
Director of Educational Services
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Mr. Jim Springfield
Director of Transportation
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Mrs. Angie Valerou-Cooper
Counselor
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Teachers

Mrs. Laura Ruskin
Kindergarten
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About Mrs. Laura Ruskin

My name is Laura Ruskin. I started my teaching career in 1997, right here at Morristown Elementary School where I teach kindergarten and preschool. I have a bachelor's degree in early childhood education and special education as well as a master's degree in elementary education. I have certification endorsements as a reading specialist and in structured English immersion. My classroom is a place where young children can really get involved in developing the skills they need to become readers, understand numbers, work in groups, communicate, and so much more. I love working with young children who are so willing and ready to learn.
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Ms. Lowanna Perry
First Grade
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About Ms. Lowanna Perry

Let me introduce myself. My name is Lowanna Perry (Miss Perry). I grew up in Wickenburg, but I love to travel. I earned both a bachelor's and a master's degree in elementary education at Northern Arizona University. I have endorsements in English as second language, reading specialist, early childhood education, and structured English immersion. I became the primary grades teacher at Morristown School in 1997. I love teaching first grade, and I try to kindle a joy for learning in each of my students! I am also the coach for volleyball, basketball, and track.
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Mrs. Jennifer Ross
Second Grade
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About Mrs. Jennifer Ross

Mrs. Ross is our second grade teacher. She has a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University and a master's degree from Northern Arizona University. She is a reading specialist and holds endorsements in early childhood education and structured English immersion. She has been teaching at Morristown School since 2009. She stays active in the community as Troop #1521's Girl Scout leader in Morristown as well as being a mom to four busy daughters.
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Brandi Learn
Third Grade
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Ms. Maria Sedano
Fourth Grade
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About Ms. Maria Sedano

Ms. Sedano has been a teacher at Morristown School since 2008. She has taught second and fourth grades. She has a bachelor's degree in education with certification endorsements as a reading specialist, structured English immersion, and early childhood education. Ms. Sedano enjoys the challenge of teaching social studies to our fourth graders because she can share the rich history of our state and help them understand its unique contributions in the areas of agriculture and industry.
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Ms. Katherine Hefner
Fifth Grade
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About Ms. Katherine Hefner

My family moved to Morristown when I turned five years old, and my brothers and I attended Morristown School. I started in kindergarten and went through eighth grade here, and then went to Wickenburg High School. I received a softball scholarship to Eastern Arizona College for two years. Eventually, I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. After student teaching at Vulture Peak Middle School, I started teaching at Morristown Elementary School. My experience in Morristown has been varied; I started off teaching 7th and 8th grades combined for the first seven years, then 5th and 6th grades combined for five years. After that, I taught just 6th grade for one year and have now been teaching 5th grade since 2009. I am very proud to say that I have one daughter who also attended Morristown Elementary School and is now an elementary school teacher in Arizona.
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Mr. Xavier Bedolla
Sixth Grade
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Mr. Christopher Bruns
Seventh Grade
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Mr. Michael Trad
Eighth Grade
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About Mr. Michael Trad

Mr. Trad served the country for 20 years as a member of the United States Air Force. After his retirement, he decided his new career would focus on the critical task of teaching elementary school. After earning a bachelor's degree in elementary education from New Mexico State University, he taught fourth grade in Glendale and eventually began teaching at Morristown School in 2005. Mr. Trad has obtained master's degrees in educational technology and educational leadership. He not only teaches eighth grade, but he is also the assistant head teacher with administrative responsibilities.
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Mrs. Christina Spear
Special Education
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Instructional Support

Mrs. Phoebe Bebee
Paraprofessional

Mrs. Amy Brainard
Paraprofessional

Mr. Richard Florez
Paraprofessional

Mrs. Robin Hahn
Paraprofessional

Ms. Faith Maben
Library Aid

Mrs. Alison Messner
Reading Interventionist
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Mrs. Michelle Torres
Paraprofessional

Custodial/Maintenance

Mr. Joseph Wagner
Custodian

Mr. Eric De La Torre
Groundskeeper

Food Service

Mrs. Amy Potter
Food Services Manager
P: (623) 546-5106
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Transportation

Mrs. Faith Villa
Lead Bus Driver

Mrs. Christy Turrell
Bus Driver